Keep Calm and Pamper Yourself!

Everyone needs a little pampering from time to time, particularly in the cold winter months following Christmas, when the festivities are but a distant memory and early mornings are starting to take their toll on ones health and sense of well-being. This January edition looks at some of the luxurious spa retreats favoured by the City set!

ESPA Life at Corinthia, London

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Set in a space of iconic beauty, ESPA Life at Corinthia takes the Spa concept to the next level. A pioneering new concept, ESPA Life offers a fully integrated approach to wellbeing, bringing together a team of the world’s top experts to offer an unrivalled choice of spa, complementary alternative therapies, fitness, beauty treatments and Daniel Galvin Hair Salon.

Spread over four floors, the spa features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, nail studio, indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, marble heated loungers and private sleep pods. The spa café complements the overall offering by serving light, nutritious refreshments.

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https://www.espalifeatcorinthia.com

The Dorchester Spa, Park Lane, London

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“Nothing very bad could ever happen in The Dorchester Spa. So acutely drilled are the staff and so invisible are the processes that keep the oasis running like a well-oiled machine, that you can literally relax to the point of regression. Every need will be taken care of (even those you never thought you had, like the absolute requirement for some biscotti biscuits after a massage), and obliging therapists with mollifying tones will hold your hand every step of the way, from showing you where to hang your robe to rustling up a hairband because you were too disorganised to bring one.” Timeout Magazine

https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/london/the-dorchester/spa/

Sequoia at the Grove, Hertfordshire

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Sequoia at the Grove is a luxury spa located just 20 minutes from the centre of the capital. The trendy spa hotel has romantic rooms in its luxury 18th century Mansion House and the more contemporary West Wing all with endless views of its beautiful grounds. Inside and out there’s eclectic, and somewhat eccentric, art to absorb and hidden gems to explore, not least the sizeable sandy beach and outdoor heated pool in the Walled Garden. The Sequoia Spa itself is home to a jumbo indoor swimming pool plus self-massaging ‘Vitality Pool’, heat experiences and wet rooms.

https://www.thegrove.co.uk/spa/

Calcot Spa, Calcot Manor Hotel, The Cotswolds

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Calcot Manor is a traditional Cotswolds hotel located in a fourteenth-century farmhouse. “A relaxing countryside retreat, with squashy sofas and roaring fires creating an atmosphere of cosiness.” The Telegraph

Calcot Spa is situated in the grounds of Calcot Manor Hotel. The beautifully designed spa is flooded with natural light and the neutral artwork and furnishings reflect the surrounding countryside. Dip into the outdoor hydrotherapy pool, swim lengths in the 16-metre indoor pool or just relax in the thermal experience area. There are also plenty of fitness options, whether you want to spend a couple of hours in the gym, or walk around the countryside trail track.

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http://www.calcot.co/calcot-spa/

Lucknam Park Spa, Wiltshire 

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Lucknam Park is the hotel that has it all: award-winning spa and wellness centre, Michelin-starred restaurant, 500-acre estate and even stables, which are home to 35 glossy-flanked horses. The grounds are peaceful and private, including tennis courts, croquet lawn, football pitch and a cookery school.

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https://www.lucknampark.co.uk

The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath

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Originally built in the 1800s, The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two Grade II Listed buildings with distinguished Georgian and Victorian façades in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Named after the artist, Sir Thomas Gainsborough, the luxury hotel designed by New York based Champalimaud Design is centred around Spa Village Bath and, uniquely in the UK, has the exclusive privilege of having access to the natural thermal, mineral-rich waters.

The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa combine a luxurious day spa with excellent health and fitness facilities.

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www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

 

Published in Aspect County Magazine – January Edition 

When in Doubt, Skate it out…

 

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Ice skating is one of London’s favourite winter pastimes, especially in the run-up to Christmas. There are several permanent indoor ice skating rinks in London, but in winter you’ll find many more indoor and outdoor ice rinks popping up across the capital. You can get your ice skates on this winter at iconic London locations, such as the historic Hampton Court Palace, the beautiful Somerset House and the majestic Natural History Museum. Shopping destinations such WestField London and Canary Wharf also feature seasonal indoor and outdoor rinks, often accompanied by Christmas Markets and seasonal pop up eateries. Outside of London the rink in front of the iconic Brighton Pavilion is definitely worth a look, together with the rink in Calverley Grounds Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Hampton Court Palace

Until 8 January 2017

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This 1,040-square-metre (11,194-square-feet) outdoor ice rink offers spectacular views of the magnificent Tudor palace where Henry VIII once lived.

www.hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

Somerset House

Until 15 January 2017

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Set against a stunning neoclassical façade, Skate at Somerset House in partnership with Fortnum & Mason is open all day and well into the evening, when you can skate to live DJs. You can learn to skate or perfect your skills at the weekend skate school and little ones get to enjoy their very own section of the ice where they can practise with specially-designed bear skating aids. After your session, drop by Fortnum & Mason’s pop-up shop brimming with gifts and festive goodies in Somerset House’s West Wing and warm up with wintry food and drinks in Fortnum & Mason’s Lodge. Ice skating sessions generally run between 10am and 10.15pm daily, with shorter opening times on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, as well as extended opening hours on selected dates. The ice rink is closed on Christmas Day.

www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/skate-somerset-house

National History Museum

Until 8 January 2017

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This spectacular 950-square-metre (10,225-square-feet) rink is nestled in front of the iconic South Kensington museum and surrounded by 76,000 glittering fairy lights. Visit the museum’s Café Bar for winter warmers and watch the skaters glide on the ice from the cafe’s balcony. Opening times vary, but most ice skating sessions run between 10am and 10pm, with extended opening hours on weekends and in the days leading up to Christmas, as well as on New Year’s Eve when the rink opens until 12.30am (late-night New Year’s Eve tickets go on sale in November). The ice rink is closed on Christmas Day.

www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/ice-rink.html

Tower of London

Until 3 January 2017

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The Tower of London ice rink returns this winter, offering day and evening ice skating sessions in the setting of the historic London landmark. Catch up with friends and family on the ice or enjoy a romantic skate under the starry sky, as hundreds of snowflakes light up the wall of the fortress after dark. Cool down after your session with a visit to the Eis Haus. Wrapped up in one of the insulated coats provided, step inside the pop-up bar and lounge, made entirely of ice and enjoy a drink in a chilled ice glass surrounded by crystal-clear ice sculptures. For something cosier, the Dip-Dunk Lodge serves up delicious winter food including fondue, baked goods and warming drinks with a view over the ice rink. Ice skating sessions run between 11am and 10pm daily, except Christmas Day.

toweroflondonicerink.co.uk

LUMINOCITY Canary Wharf Canada Square

Until 25 February 2017

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Located in the centre of Canary Wharf, LUMINOCITY @ Ice Rink Canary Wharf will brighten up Canada Square Park this winter with more than 8km of LED lights laid beneath the ice. LUMINOCITY will showcase more than 16 million different colours every session and swathe skaters in an abundance of magical light to create a truly immersive skating experience. The ice rink is also fully covered by a clear roof to guarantee skating sessions whatever the weather. Canary Wharf also offers an abundance of shopping and eating experiences. A beautiful and modern part of London, Canary Wharf’s iconic skyline is an integral part of the landscape and, with the recent addition of Crossrail Place, has become a premier shopping and leisure destination offering new restaurants, a cinema, plus one of London’s biggest roof gardens. From small boutiques to designer labels, spanning beauty, fashion, fitness and homeware, more than 120 stores span five malls together with eateries to suit all tastes, occasions and budgets.

www.icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk   canarywharf.com

Brighton Pavilion

Until 15 January 2017

Brighton’s Royal Pavilion rink, with the ornate Regency pleasure palace as its backdrop, is open every day, and is a great way to round off a day of Christmas shopping in the famous surrounding lanes. This year, the rink side Bar & Kitchen is serving up warming soups, mulled wine and marshmallow-topped hot chocolate.

www.royalpavilionicerink.co.uk

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Until 2 January 2017

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Set in the beautiful splendour of Calverley Grounds’ amphitheatre and bathed in twinkling festive lights, the Royal Tunbridge Wells ice rink is back, bigger and better than ever this year! Father Christmas will also be visiting the rink on certain days and meeting children in his cosy, warm log cabin set amongst the trees. Check the website for full details.

http://www.tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com

Published in Aspect County Magazine – December Edition